Phillips Co. receives grants for Civil War sites

Phillips Co. receives grants for Civil War sites

The Walton Family Foundation has awarded $627,000 in grants for construction of Civil War sites in Helena-West Helena.

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) — The Walton Family Foundation has awarded $627,000 in grants for construction of Civil War sites in Helena-West Helena.

The grants were awarded to the Delta Bridge Project, which is a community-led effort in Phillips County. The group is building two sites in Helena-West Helena as events commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

A $242,000 grant was awarded to complete the construction of a replica of Fort Curtis, which will be the largest earthen-walled Civil War fort in the region. A $385,000 grant was awarded for the creation of Freedom Park.

The park will feature five main exhibits and will showcase the experiences of African-Americans during the Civil War.

Officials say the Civil War sites in Helena-West Helena could draw more than 60,000 visitors each year to Phillips County.

 

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